It get’s a bit overwhelming when my daughter comes home with a bag full of paper with her art. Over the years, I have tried to save some of her art, but never in an organized fashion. This post combines crafting, with organizing.
Now that she is 6 years old, I think it’s time that I get her more involved into the decision process of what needs to be saved versus what not.
As a result, the first step that I took to solve the problem was to research a couple of blogs. The one that stood out was Organize365. It is a blog about organizing and Lisa talks about creating a Sunday Basket for all paperwork that needs to be looked at. Her philosophy is to save all paperwork that needs to be sorted, looked at in a Sunday basket and use each Sunday to sort through any paperwork.
So here comes my love of organization and crafts all into one. I recently received a package in the mail. I was left with a rectangular box. I cut the flaps of the box and spray painted the box white. I then went ahead and labeled the box and called it the “Art Bin.” I added some gold glittered poster board cut out to make it more attractive and voila a bin is born.
Below are some images of what I did to create the Art Bin:
The organization part kicks in as follows:
- As soon as my daughter comes back from school, she unloads all that paperwork into the art bin.
- Each Sunday we go through the art bin and figure out what she needs versus what she does not need.
- For the things she does need, I put it aside on the book shelf.
- Once a month on a Sunday, sort through the papers she put aside and ask her if she wants to keep the art. If yes, then put the art work in a scrap book.
- If she does not want to keep the art, see if you can use the paper for other art projects or for other crafts.
- I would love to hear from you if you have a system in place for your children’s artwork.